With its peach-coloured façades, azure waters and gorgeous weather, Nice has a rosy, always-on-holiday glow.
Known as the capital of the French Riviera, the coastal city is home to world-class art museums, bustling markets and pretty hiking trails. The best way to experience Nice’s many delights is to slow right down and enjoy them at a leisurely pace.
Festivals and events
For two weeks every winter, Nice springs to life with its vibrant Carnival celebration. Over 1,000 dancers and musicians perform in over-the-top parades, which give way in the evening to fabulous parties. The Nice Carnival is particularly famous for its use of flowers in decorations and floats.
Fêtes de Mai
Each weekend in May, locals and tourists come together to celebrate all things Nice in the lovely Cimiez gardens. The festivities feature live music, dance and local food and wine.
The Nice Open
Tennis is hugely popular on the French Riviera. Since the 1970s Nice has hosted the Open de Nice Cote d'Azur, drawing tennis players and fans from throughout the world.
Fête de la Musique
Held every June on the summer solstice, Nice's Fête de la Musique is a celebration of all genres of music. Vieux-Nice takes a lively turn, as nearly every bar and restaurant hosts a musician or DJ.
Nice Jazz Festival
Since its inaugural event in 1948, the Nice Jazz Festival has hosted a range of jazz superstars, including Louis Armstrong and Herbie Hancock, as well as local talent. The festival takes over Place Masséna for one weekend each July.